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Step One: Determine Your Eligibility

In order to apply to TRiO SSS, students must fit the following criteria:

1. Program Requirements (Students must meet all of the following):

    • A U.S. Citizen or a Legal/Permanent Resident.
    • Enrolled Full Time (12 units) or as a DRC Student Enrolled (9 units).
    • Have Academic Goals of transferring to a 4-year University.
    • Demonstrate academic need as determined by the TRiO/SSS Program Director.

2. Eligibility Requirements (Students must meet at least ONE of the following):

    • First Generation college student (Neither parent has a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or PhD Degree ). If either parent has obtained an Associates degree, you are still eligible as a First Generation college student.
    • A part of the Disability Resource Center.
    • Considered Low Income (Based on Federal Income Guidelines).

Please click on the Red link below to see if you qualify under our Low-Income Eligibility:

Income levels are based on the number of people in your family unit as claimed on your taxes.

Federal TRIO Programs Low Income Levels.


Step Two: Fill Out the TRiO Application

1. Please fill out the Interest Form before applying.

2. TRiO/SSS Participation Application:

Step Three: Other Documentation

1. Income Verification:

    • Signed copy of your Federal Income Tax Form 1040 if you are independent and/or a Veteran Affairs recipient under the age of 24


    • A signed copy of your parent/spouse’s (or other person who claims you) Federal Tax Form 1040 if you a dependent and/or under the age of 24.

2. If a student/parent did not file income taxes, submit an Income Verification Form

3. Transcripts:

    • Recent high school graduates and those coming to Palomar from a different Community College will need to supply their most recent unofficial transcripts. 

4. DRC Verification:

    • If you have a verified disability and are a member of the Disabilities Resources Center, you will need to submit a DRC Verification Form to the DRC.

Step Four: Submit Your Application Packet!

1. Required Materials

    • TRiO Application
    • Income Verification
    • Most recent unofficial transcripts (if applicable)
    • DRC Verification Form (if applicable)

2. In-Person Submission

    • All forms necessary to complete this application are available in our San Marcos Office (TCB-1) or our Escondido Office (ESC-5).
    • Your application packet may also be completed at home and brought to our office in person.

3. Online Submission

    • Online submission of your application is now available through our email:
    • Please include all the documents listed as attachments in the email, and use the following format in the subject: “TRIO Application”, Applicant’s First Name, Last Name, Student ID
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